In Somalia, Son of U.S. Nemesis Gets Backing

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In an ironic twist, the son of Somalia's most infamous warlord and U.S. nemesis is now a leading member of Somalia's interim government that's being backed by America.

Hussein Aideed is a naturalized American citizen and a former U.S. Marine.

But in 1993, the forces of Somali warlord Mohamed Farah Aideed — hunted by U.S. forces — were behind the infamous Black Hawk Down incident.

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